10 Days to Go

We now filled all of the running slots for our team. They are as follows:
1.  Robin
2.  Wes
3.  Ian
4.  Lisa
5.  Laura
6.  Christina
7.  Colleen
8.  Bobby
9.  Mike
10. Bill
11. Jerrie
12. Will
Remember that we continue to rotate from runner to runner in the same sequence throughout the race. So, for example, Robin will not only run Leg 1, but also 13 and 25 – and so on down the line. 
Many thanks to Wes and Colleen for taking on what will probably be the hardest assignments. Wes has the longest total distance for his 3 legs (over 22 miles) including a long 10 mile climb up to the Grandfather mountain entrance (longest leg of the race and 3rd highest gain in elevation). Colleen has the leg with the greatest climb (Leg 31, one of the mountain goat legs, with a total climb of 1398 feet).
We are going to follow free market principles. If you didn’t get the slot you wanted, or you have changed your mind, you are allowed to bargain with any of the others for a change. Just let me know in the next few days if any swaps are agreed to.
Other Points:
1. In addition to the other items on the individual checklist, everyone should be sure to bring his/her own headlamp with extra batteries.
2. Remember that mountain weather is completely unpredictable. You should have a long shirt (and maybe long running pants) in case the weather turns cold, especially at night. You should also bring a fleece or something warm to wear in cold weather. Also plan for rain.
3. We decided at our team meeting that we would supply some groceries for each van (see Jerrie’s list below) but that each runner should bring his/her own snacks, powerbars, goos, etc.
4. Be sure to bring a belt of some kind if you can to carry water when you run; it’s also convenient to pin your race number to a belt so you don’t have to repin the number every time you change running clothes.
5. We have not made reservations for anyone to stay in Asheville Sat. night, but Ian does have floor space available at his place. One of the vans will return to G’boro that night; the other will return to G’boro by way of West Jefferson on Sun, in time to get it back to Enterprise by 4:00 PM. We will decide on a place for the whole team to eat and chill out after the race. I’ll let you know where that will be.
6. Spouses/partners are invited to the potluck dinner Thurs PM. It will be held at my brother’s house at 605 Blair St. Let me know if you need directions.
7. Terri (my sister in law) will prepare two lasagnas for the potluck dinner – one vegetarian and the other not. Team members should bring whatever they think best.
8. In the last few days, I received the 2011 Team Handbook from the BRR. If you haven’t read the old (2010) handbook, wait until we post the new one on the Blog. For those of you who have already read the old Handbook, I’ll let you know if there are any significant changes.
9. The course description on the BRR blog is out of date. I don’t know why they haven’t taken it down. The up to date directions and maps are on our Blog.
10. We now have everyone on the team represented on the Blog. When you can, check out the pictures and personal info of the other runners (http://www.lostsoles2011.wordpress.com/ . Laura has done a great job creating and managing the Blog for us.
11. Please note that each runner needs to bring his/her cell phone. If you haven’t given me your cell number yet, please do so by reply to this email.
12. Please remember to bring to the potluck the common supplies/equipment that we assigned at our meeting, as follows:
Wes – 2 flashers, 1 cooler, 1 GPS
Bobby – one flasher, 1 cooler
Lisa – 2 flashers, cue sheets for each runner, plastic storage bin for each runner, and cue sheets for each leg
Jerrie – 2 flashers, 1 cooler and groceries (powdered gatoraid, bananas, apples, pretzels, fig newtons, nabs, medium size garbage bags, toiler paper)
Robin – 1 flasher, water jugs, 2 boxes of large ziplock bags, 2 first aid kits
Will – 1 cooler
Bill – 1 GPS, notebooks for each van, 2dary road maps
Colleen – baby wipes (left over from most recent child)
Let me know if you disagree with any of the above or if you think anything has been left out that we will need in the vans. (We’ll pick up ice somewhere along the way).
13. We need to thank my brother and sister in law for hosting the potluck. They are also serving as volunteers for the race, which qualified us for a discount on the registration fee.
14. If you are able to make a contribution to the Ashe County Habitat Affiliate, remember to indicate on the check that it is coming from the Lost Soles team. See my previous email for the address.
Any questions/comments?
Put in some good runs this week and start tapering off this weekend.

19 Days to Realy

1. Wes Koonts has joined the team. He is a veteran blue liner who will make a great addition as he demonstrated at our training run this AM. Wes replaces Pat Hester, who will be overseas on business the weekend of the relay and had to withdraw.
2. We have reserved two 15-passenger vans with Enterprise using a BRR discount. All in rental cost per van is $314.18 for three days each (Thurs PM through Sun PM).
3. Barden and Terri Cooke, my brother and sister in law, will host a cover dish supper for the team beginning at 5:00 PM Thurs night (9/8) before the race.The supper will be at their house at 605 Blair Street. Please plan to bring a dish and help us with the final preparations for the race.
4. After the dinner, the first six runners (in Van 1) will spend the night in West Jefferson at a house that Lisa Watts has lined up with a friend of hers. We have also reserved a room at the Hampton Inn in West Jefferson so all six with have a bed. West Jefferson is about a 45 minute drive from the race start. The other six runners (in Van 2) will leave early the next morning from Greensboro and meet the first van at the end of the sixth leg (First Transition Zone).
5. Our assigned start time is 7:30 Fri AM (9/9). The runners in the first van will have to arrive 30 minutes before the start time (i.e. by 7:00) to sign us in and to pick up the race bracelet, race numbers for all team members and vehicle sign for both vans.
6. Meals are provided by volunteer organizations at Exchange Zones 18, 24 and 30. The BRR site suggests that we will need to make advance reservations so the volunteer organizations know how many to plan for – I will let you know once I get more definite information about this.
7. We are working on finding a restaurant in Asheville where we can all chill out after the race is over.
1. We need to divide up the running assignments. Remember that we have to continue running in the same sequence throughout the race, so that the first runner runs Leg Nos. 1, 13, and 25, the second runner Leg Nos. 2, 14 and 26, etc. If you haven’t reviewed the leg descriptions, they can be found on our Blog, along with a summary of the difficulty ratings. For starters, please let me know the following:
  • Are there any volunteers for the assignments that include the two “Mountain Goat” legs (Nos. 31 and 33), which will be taken on by the 7th and 9th runners in the sequence? These look forbidding, and they are the hardest climbs, but most runners end up walking at least part of the way.
  • Are there any volunteers for the first three positions in the sequence? These are the runners most likely to be pick up a fourth leg if anyone else gets injured during the course of the race and has to drop out.
  • Do you have any preference as to which Van you would prefer?
  • Do you have any preference for a specific assignment?
Please send your response by Tuesday so we can review them Tues night when we meet at Panera. We will make initial assignments based on responses and that leave it up to each of you whether you want to swap off your assignment with someone else.
2.  Every runner in the race is supposed to review the Team Handbook and the Rules for the race. Please do so. They are both posted on our Blog (https://lostsoles2011.wordpress.com/).
3. You should probably start acquiring the items you will need for your individual use. Suggested checklist is as follows (list will be posted later on the Blog):
3 sets of running gear prepacked in gallon ziplock bags and labelled
2 pairs of running shoes
reflective vest
casual clothes for between runs
casual clothes for after race
casual shoes
rain gear
cell phone and charger
prescription and OTC meds
mini mag light or similar light
extra batteries for light
mp3 player/iPod
food/snacks/energy bars/gels
sleeping bag
ground cloth and thermo rest if you like (there are indoor and outdoor locations to stretch out for sleep)
travel pillow
sun glasses
water bottle
4.   We will need a group first aid kit for each van. If you have one that might be suitable, please let me know. I will pass along the information to Jerrie Kasick and Robin Lindsay, our medical professionals.
5. Colleen needs a baby sitter for our four children during the race (ages 4-14). Let me know if you have any suggestions and I will pass them along to her.
6. We now have most of the individual pictures and personal info on the Blog, but still lack picture and info from Ian, info from Bobby, and pictures from Wes and Colleen. If you haven’t already, please send to Laura at locooke (at) gmail.com.
7. The BRR has chosen Ashe County Habitat for Humanity as the charitable beneficiary of this year’s race. I know from personal experience how much rural Habitat affiliates need financial help. Their house costs are quite low so your contribution goes a long way. Rural areas (and especially the mountains) also have a huge need for affordable housing. If you can, please consider making out a check to this affiliate and sending it to the BRR at 2385 Big Flats Church Rd., Fleetwood, NC 28626.
We had great attendance this AM for our training run – 8 members of the team altogether. Christina was also running up her favorite volcano in Portland, OR, Laura was doing altitude training in Jackson Hole, WY, Ian was hitting the hills in Asheville (and preparing the town for our arrival) and Mike was putting in his miles as Caswell Beach. He will be climbing Lookout Mountain at Chattanooga on Tues.
Let me know if you have any questions. Will look forward to our meeting Tues PM at Panera and group training next Sat AM at 7:00 at the Blue Line.

Everyone is invited to the following:

Training Run. Begin 7:00 AM this Sat. at the Blue Line. Would be great to have as many team members as possible. My tentative plan is to go out to Mile 3 on the greenway and turn around there. Pick up hill on Old Battleground plus 3 loops of the Battlefield, either on the way out or back or combination. But we can make a group decision when we meet.

Planning Session. Next Tues at 7:00 PM at the Blue Line Table in the Lawndale Panera. Everyone who comes has a vote. We will divide up chores among those present and those absent. Best to attend to protect yourself against burdensome assignments.
I will follow up with a longer email in the next day or so with important information. Please be on the look out for it.
We have three weeks left to prepare. As many of you have noted, there are some ugly looking legs to run in the Relay – so the more we sweat over the next three week the less we suffer during the relay itself. Concentrate on the hills and remember you are not only training for yourself but for the team.

We have a team!

Three new recruits have signed up in the last two weeks – Mike Corcoran and Jerrie Kasik, who run with the Blue Line Group; and my across-the-street neighbor, Colleen King, who just finished an outstanding half-marathon in Seattle.
Here is the full roster:
Laura Cooke
Christina Cooke
Ian Nelson
Lisa Watts
Robin Lindsay
Bobby Refinati
Pat Hester
Will Petty
Mike Corcoran
Jerrie Kasik
Colleen King
Since my last email, we have decided that we will meet together as a team Thurs night (9/8) in Greensboro. The van with the first six runners will then leave for West Jefferson, where they will stay overnight (we’re still working out the accommodations) and then drive to the starting line at Grayson Heights Park the next morning, to meet our starting deadline (which hasn’t been assigned yet). The van with the other six runners will stay overnight in Greensboro and meet the first van the next day at the end of Leg Six.
I will be in touch with you shortly to divide up the running assignments. In the meantime, if you haven’t done so already, please send your picture for the team blog as well as the answers to the list of questions for each member. You can visit the blog at https://lostsoles2011.wordpress.com.  It is maintained by Laura Cooke. Her email is locooke (at) gmail.com. We need to get the whole team represented on the blog as soon as possible.
Many thanks to all of you for signing up. It’s taken a while to put the team together but it was worth it.

Lost Soles Weekly Address from Bill Cooke

Bill, any words of wisdom?